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Medical News and Perspectives
February 18, 2004

Diabetes Group Warns Vascular Complication Is Underdiagnosed and Undertreated

JAMA. 2004;291(7):809-810. doi:10.1001/jama.291.7.809

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in individuals with diabetes is underdiagnosed and undertreated, leading to increased risk of mortality and morbidity, said researchers in a consensus statement issued by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

The researchers warned that PAD can lead to amputations of the lower limbs and is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease in all patients (Diabetes Care.2003;26:3333-3341). In patients with diabetes, the risks associated with PAD are even higher, said Peter Sheehan, MD, director of the Diabetes Foot and Ankle Center at the New York University School of Medicine .

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